The Shamrock Cafe opens

Homemade freshness

By Gloria Austin

The Shamrock Cafe on Alice Street in Houlton is open for business.

Joshua Green and John Coleman reopened the cafe on February 20 and they are going strong. “We had a fantastic opening and have seen a lot of support from locals. It has been a great experience being able to provide new options for lunch in Houlton,” Green said.

Green has spent most of the last 12 years in the kitchen. He started right here in Market Square at Zippy’s. He worked at several restaurants from Houlton to Bangor to build his skills, and finally manning the kitchen at the Blue Moose in Monticello. Coleman got his start at Sunday River, then moved to baking at Country Kitchen before going to EMCC to study culinary arts.

The Shamrock Cafe is open Monday through Friday from 11 to 6 and Saturday from 11 to 4.
They offer sandwiches, wraps, subs, paninis and salads. The breads are homemade, fresh out of the oven each day.

You have your choice of a wrap on flour, wheat, spinach, or sun-dried tomato tortilla, and sandwiches on house-baked flour or sourdough sub rolls or homemade sourdough, white, wheat, or rye bread. Their Gyros have caused quite a buzz, especially the lamb Gyros.

“We were interested in offering lamb because it is so hard to find in this area, and it adds a sense of authenticity to our Gyros,” explained Green. “So when Happy Shepherd Farm in Linneus approached us with an option for locally raised lamb, we jumped at it.”

As far as the other meat, the chicken and steak are cooked in small batches to make sure it’s always fresh and ready for the perfect sandwich. Starting with a limited menu, The Shamrock Cafe is expanding it to include salads – Southwest and Garden – and homemade desserts. Ask for a dessert sample with your order. Though the Shamrock Cafe is closed for dine-in, Green and Coleman have set up online ordering and curbside pick-up, as well as in-town delivery.

The Shamrock Cafe’s menu can be found at

Follow The Shamrock Cafe on Facebook or to place an order call 254-2274.

John Coleman baking homemade freshness
Nothing like the smell of homemade bread


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